chapter  13
Children’s Rights in Taiwan
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While still a member of the UN the RoC signed (though did not ratify) some of the main UN covenants but it took no further action about them after its expulsion. After the PRC took the place of the RoC in the UN it still might have been possible for the RoC to ratify the various international human rights treaties and report to the appropriate committees, however the PRC blocked this as tantamount to the acceptance by the UN of a ‘two China’ policy. Nevertheless there was nothing to prevent the RoC from incorporating the international standards into its domestic legal practice. At least until the 1990s this was not done and until 1998 there were few demands, even from within the small human rights movement in Taiwan, that the RoC should pay much attention to international human rights law. Nevertheless, as was the case in the development of health-care provision in Taiwan, the RoC has not completely ignored the process of international human rights standard setting for children and the rate of change has increased since 2000.